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Taiwan Church News

3379 Edition

November 28 - December 4, 2016

Church Ministry

 

Thanksgiving Season In Camera

 

Chien-Chin Presbyterian Church of Taroko Presbytery commemorated the beginning her 83th anniversary of mission and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the church in the evening on 25 November, 2016. Church elders recollected the difficult age yet enthusiastic heart when the church roof and wall were initially built by bamboo leaves and tree trunks by around 10 families in 1946.

Photo by Lowking Wunaw


The Bible Society in Taiwan(BST) celebrates her 60th anniversary. To affirm BST's efforts in translating the Bible into versatile Taiwan indigenous languages, Rev Hsu Cheng-dao(left in black suit), President of BST, is presented an artwork of black clay by a group of indigenous translators.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong


Changhua Christian Hospital celebrates her 120 anniversary of medical mission on 24 November 2016. Mr Chen Chien-jen(third from left), Vice President of Taiwan, is invited to witness this significant moment.

Photo by Simon Lin

 

Chi-nan Presbyterian Church celebrates her 120th anniversary of mission and the centennial of the church building on 20 November, 2016. The church also decides to offer NT$ 1.2 million for Heng Chun Christian Hospital, Myanmar mission, Hakka mission, building projects for the Foundation ofroses and Happy Mountain Sanctuary, and the media ministry of Taiwan Church Press.

Photo by Rev Wu Chin-yi(from the archive of Elder John Lai)

 
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Taiwan Church News

3379 Edition

November 28 - December 4, 2016

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2016 Christmas Carnival Kicked Off In Changhua

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

A Christmas carnival, entitled as "2016 Love in Changhua, Merry Christmas Carnival", was unveiled at the plaza before Changhua city's railway station in the evening on November 27. Singing the hymn ofYou Raise Me Up, the assembly of church members blessed the travelers passing through Changhua railway station under an installation art of Christmas tree. Mr Chiu Chien-fu, Mayor of Changhua City, was also invited to witness the opening of this 2016 Christmas carnival jointly held by the Song River Social Welfare Association and Changhua City government.

Later, hundreds more of church members from other churches, including Yong-fu Presbyterian Church, Changhua Presbyterian Church, Life of Bread Church, Holiness Church, and Grace and Gifts Lutheran Church, assembled to raise up a giant Christmas tree at the plaza of Changhua County Government to celebrate this Christmas Carnival and bless for the people.

Under a prayer and message by Rev Wang Ya-chen, Moderator of Changhua Presbytery, and witnessed by local politicians and celebrities, including Mr Zeng Kwan-ren(President of Song River Social Welfare Association), Mr Wei Ming-ku(Magistrate of Changhua County), Mr Chiu Chien-fu(Mayor of Changhua City), Mrs Chou Ching-yu(former Magistrate of Changhua), Mr Yao Chia-wen(former President of Examination Yuan) and other local council members, this 2016 Christmas carnival was piously blessed to be an evangelical action bringing the good news of Jesus Christ into every household of Changhua!

Rev Wang Ching-tsai, pastor of Yong-fu Presbyterian Church, led the audience to pray in the end of the assembly:"May God grant each of our government leaders with a heart of compassion and justice, in order to do the good and relinquish the evil, making Changhua a green and sustainable environment for all people and creatures!"

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Witnessed by the jubilant children, local church members, and local celebrities, the Christmas Carnival of Changhua County was kicked off in the evening on 27 November, 2016.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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3379 Edition

November 28 - December 4, 2016

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PCT Urges Members To Care About AIDS Patients, The Disabled, And Human Rights In Thanksgiving Season

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

As December 3 is set up by PCT as the day of caring about the disabled, December 4 the day of caring about AIDS patients, and December 10 the 68 anniversary of Human Rights Day since 1948, PCT's Church and Society Committee (CSC) sent a letter to every church urging PCT members carrying on their care for PCT institutes serving the disabled and the AIDS patients in southern Taiwan in Kang-shan, Ping-tung and Peng-hu areas.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare, the population of the disabled in current Taiwan is about 4.93%. Since 2000 A.D., PCT had started writing letters to each her member church encouraging them to proceed a comprehensive care for the mind, body and soul of the disabled.

In the meantime, as the patient of AIDS still can not receive a fair treatment in current hospital, church and family, CSC also urged PCT members to take  this issue seriously. Because AIDS patients do not only have to fight against this deadly disease in their bodies, the social stigma and discrimination against AIDS patients in Taiwan society is also a concerned issue to be properly solved, according to CSC.

On the 68th anniversary of the Human Rights Day, CSC asked Taiwan churches to have a reflection about past human rights education and its related ministries done in our church and community. Let us try to care and reach those marginalized people, never protected by any human rights, with the real love from Christ, advised CSC.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3379 Edition

November 28 - December 4, 2016

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PCT To Respond Equal Marriage Act In Four Local Meetings

 

Reported by TCN staff

 

On November 29, PCT General Assembly Office held a staff meeting about current debates within church on Equal Marriage Act. In order to set up a dialogue platform on communicating different opinions about same-sex marriage, a resolution was made to relegate PCT's Gender Justice Committee to open four local meetings within PCT churches across Taiwan.

Rev. Sudu Tada, Moderator of PCT General Assembly, expressed that there was indeed a PCT pastoral letter issued about same-sex marriage in the 59th General Assembly Meeting, though, a major concern of this pastoral letter to treasure family values and respect human rights was beyond doubt.

More important was that, Rev Sudu Tada stressed, in order to build up a society full of mutual respect and solid trust, this pastoral letter advised PCT members not to discriminate or judge anyone of our sisters and brothers, due to her or his sexual orientation, except showing care, concern, and charity in church ministries.

As to the issue, whether PCT would stand for an amendment of Civil Code or a legislation of a special code on equal marriage issue, Rev Sudu Tada said PCT did not have any particular position yet as the polis within PCT was not authoritarian - every PCT member could express her or his opinion freely. However, for the unity of the church, a rational and good-will expression and communication is still needed in the coming local meetings on the same-sex marriage issue, urged Rev Sudu Tada.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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November 28 - December 4, 2016

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An International Seminar - Mission Of Taiwan Church Today - To Be Held In February 2017

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

In order to inform PCT's ecumenical partner churches about Taiwan's special political development and PCT's missionary contexts, and strengthen partner churches' capability to solve contemporary issues through such an exploration and depth learning about Taiwan's particular ecumenical experiences, PCT General Assembly Office has sent invitation letters to 42 ecumenical institutes, partner churches, and about 200 guests to attend an international seminar, entitled as "Mission of Taiwan Church Today", scheduled to be held at Presbyterian Biblical College at Hsin-chu from February 13th to 17th in 2017.

Regarding the scheduled programs, Rev Dr Collin Cowan, General Secretary of Council for World Mission(CWM), will deliver a keynote speech in this seminar; a special report on "The Transformative Justice Engaged in Taiwan Today" will be reported to receive various responses from the ecumenical partner churches; and three seminars, entitled individually as "The Prophetic Role of The Church", "The Roles of Ecumenical Church and Institutes", and "How The Ecumenical Movement Could Support PCT?", will be held to proceed the dialogues between ecumenical churches and PCT.

In the evening on 15 February 2017, to entertain our ecumenical guests with Taiwan style's cuisine and music, there will be a special party presenting the beauty of the Hakka culture and the aboriginal traditions.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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3379 Edition

November 28 - December 4, 2016

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A Centennial Memorial Service Held For Rev Dr William Shia

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

In order to remember and appreciate the pioneering missionary and medical contributions of Rev Dr William Shia, honored as Taiwan's Schweitzer, and let more youth to learn about this loyal and faithful Christian forebear, a centennial memorial service was held at the International Conference Hall of Changhua Christian Hospital on 26 November, 2016.

Born in 1916 and raised up in a physician's family, Rev Dr William Shia nearly poured out all his money earned in his 28 years' medicine practice either for the church or for the poor. His most remembered sayings are thus, "Do not mistake medicine as math!", "The most happy thing for a doctor is not the money earned, but the utmost trust won from the patients!", and etc.

Spending all his life serving the poor and the sick, Rev Dr Wiiliam Shia always managed to reach the distant villages with the least medical resources, like the far-flung tribes in the mountainous Nantou county and the remote household in the coastal Changhua area. Caring for the aborigines and the deserted patients of polio and black foot disease, Rev Dr William Shia preached everywhere he practiced medicine till his last minute in life. It was indeed a tragedy, on his way rushing to cure his patient, Rev Dr Shia was unfortunately killed in a car accident in 1916.

There were many historical records created by Rev Dr William Shia in both Taiwan's medical history and missionary history. For example, Being persuaded by Missionary Lillian R Dickson, Rev Dr William Shia co-founded the Puli Christian Hospital and initiated Taiwan's first medical ministry for the aborigines; establishing the first tuberculosis sanatorium at Puli; working with Dr Wang Ching-ho to care for black foot disease patients free of charge at Beimen district of Tainan; setting up the first Christian hospital, Erhlin Christian Hospital, operated solely by the native Taiwanese at the Wu-I village in 1964.

In the thanksgiving centennial memorial service, Dr Chen Hen-chang, current Superintendent of Puli Christian Hospital, expressed that the life span of Rev Dr William Shia was limited, though, his missionary spirit would definitely go beyond his time and will carry on inspiring us and the future generations. Two church choirs from both the district assembly of the Sediq aborigines and the Rona Presbyterian Church of Central Bunun Presbytery were invited to sing their praise in this centennial memorial service.

Rev Zeng Yang-en, a professor of church history at Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, praised Rev Dr William Shia, honored as Taiwan's Schwitzer, though, as a true Christian living out the life of Christ in his medical vocation. In the early stage of 19th centuries' western missionaries in Taiwan, the missionary ministries were always done in a co-operative pair: one pastor matched with one medical doctor, observed Rev Zeng, but Rev Dr William Shia made a great reformation by combining evangelical ministry and medical service into one.

"Wearing black robe and white robe alternatively on himself", in order to serve the people of God, Rev Dr William Shia established an unprecedented model for a distinguished evangelical ministry in medicine for Taiwan, Rev Zeng affirmed.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

After the centennial memorial service, Dr Yang Chong-ing(center in front row), the widow of Rev Dr William Shia, took a photograph with the audience at the International Conference Hall of Changhua Christian Hospital on 26 November, 2016.

Photo by Simon Lin

 
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